Famous Orators – 5 Lessons from William Bourke Cockran

Matt Eventoff

I am often asked what orator has had the biggest impact on me, and my oratorical role model is Sir Winston Churchill. William Bourke Cockran , a Congressman from New York City in the early 1900s was described in his day as the greatest orator in the land. It was not just Churchill who held Cockran in such high regard as an orator – it was the vast majority of his peers. Power of Delivery; 5.

Malala Yousafzai and Public Speaking: 12 Lessons from the Best Speech of 2013

Matt Eventoff

Malala employed strategic pausing that helped to root out dis-fluency, and also added to the power of her delivery. Rate – Malala’s rate of delivery was perfect. It was an important day in the world of public speaking and oration.

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Public Speaking Experts – Demosthenes

Matt Eventoff

Demosthenes, public speaking expert of the 4 th century BC, is one of the legendary Greek orators. Although he passed away in 322 BC, Demosthenes is relevant to 21 st century orators because of his dedication to practice and preparation. Demosthenes’ dream was to be a great orator, but he had speech impediments. This is an extremely effective way to get a feel for not only messaging and verbal delivery, but also paralanguage, expressions, and gestures.

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Demosthenes and Modern Oratory

Matt Eventoff

Demosthenes is one of my favorite orators to study. He is one of the legendary Greek orators and some of his most famous (and my favorite) addresses of his relate to his opposition to King Phillip II of Macedon. Demosthenes had speech impediments and his dream was to be a great orator. He was ridiculed early and often for his deficiencies as an orator and he never quit.

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Public Speaking Day – 5 Lessons from William Bourke Cockran

Matt Eventoff

I am often asked what orator has had the biggest impact on me, and my oratorical role model is Sir Winston Churchill. William Bourke Cockran , a Congressman from New York City in the early 1900s was described in his day as the greatest orator in the land. It was not just Churchill who held Cockran in such high regard as an orator – it was the vast majority of his peers. Power of Delivery; 5.

Speaking of MLK

Speak and Deliver

He was an orator. He was the right man, at the right time, with the right message, and the right delivery - and he embraced it. Fear of Public Speaking Freedom Great Orators I Have a Dream Speech Martin Luther King

Communicate Like MLK and Change the World

Duarte Blog

If you’re struggling to create your next big presentation or even just crafting the message for your next staff meeting, take a few minutes to be inspired by the brilliance of one of America’s most beloved orators. This post was updated January 15, 2018.

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Public Speaking for Introverts: 6 Essential Tips

Duarte Blog

Have you ever watched a fiery orator or a speaker who has the audience in stitches, and thought, “I can’t do that”? Delivery Tips advice introverts Lavin Agency presenter public speaking speaking Susan Cain TED tipsSusan Cain is the author of the New York Times bestselling book QUIET: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking , which is being translated into 30 languages.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 56)

Manner of Speaking

Marcus Tullius Cicero (160 BC - 43 BC) Roman Statesman, Philosopher, Lawyer, Political Theorist and Orator. Here, then, are some of the reasons why a first-class orator is one of the rarest things in the world.&#. Cicero (citing Antonius in On the Orator , Vol.

The enduring challenge and importance of funeral orations

Max Atkinson

But that doesn't in any way diminish the effectiveness of the writing or delivery of the speech on that particular morning. Tags: rhetoric Blair funeral orations people's princess Princess Diana Unlike many commentators, I haven’t had much time to try my hand at second guessing what Barack Obama might say in his inaugural address tomorrow.

Storytelling and Empathy take Center Stage at the Watermark Conference for Women

Duarte Blog

Whether intentionally or instinctively, Davis used the same tools as history’s most talented orators to keep the audience rapt. The line moves up and down between “what is” and “what could be,” and changes colors to signify consrast in emotion and delivery.

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4 Methods to Deliver a Great Speech

DeFinis Communications

So before you stand up to speak, make sure you choose the correct delivery method that will give you the best results for you and your audience. . The delivery must be closely choreographed with the message to lift the speech from the page and into the hearts and minds of the listeners. . Hundreds of years ago, the legendary orators would memorize long and complex speeches and deliver them word for word.

Famous Speech Friday: Hillary Clinton accepts nomination for president

The Eloquent Woman

Every time she speaks, critics, mostly male and Republican, line up to say what a lousy orator she is , despite her well-developed speaking skills; even President Obama wincingly says she's no orator, though we have plenty of examples on this blog and in real life to the contrary.

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The Chinese people's premier: Wen Jiabato speaks

Max Atkinson

Back in February, I made the point that you don't need to speak Arabic to tell that Mubarak isn't much of an orator - which has been illustrated by several more video clips from speeches in Arabic since then. The recent visit of Chinese Premier Wen Jiabato the UK has now given us a few rare glimpses of a top Chinese politician speaking and, though I understand not a word of the language, his delivery is reminder of much the same point.

6 great gifts to encourage your favorite speaker

The Eloquent Woman

Barbara Jordan: Speaking the Truth with Eloquent Thunder captures the voice of one of America''s greatest orators and a black woman who broke down speaking barriers. It can sharpen up delivery and help her learn how to work with a lectern, rather than just lean on it.

The King's Speech - Moroccan style

Max Atkinson

Interestingly, when it comes to delivery, he seems to have learnt a thing or two from King George VI's daughter, Queen Elizabeth II. Over the last few months, I've found Al Jazeera to be a great resource for keeping up with what's going on in the Middle East.

Famous Speech Friday: Michelle Obama's eulogy for Maya Angelou

The Eloquent Woman

Watching @MichelleObama speak at funeral of @DrMayaAngelou & reminded that she is the real orator in the Obama family. You can read a transcript of the speech here and watch the video below--listen for her inflections and emphases in this delivery.

Why has British political oratory been banished to the sidelines?

Max Atkinson

The demise is neither mourned nor noticed and yet the absence makes for duller politics – politics at a distance. … 'This is the first generation of national politicians without a single orator, a single mesmerising speaker. Tony Blair was the last great speaker, an underestimated orator who never delivered a dull speech. But I never suggested that the effectiveness of a conversational delivery on television pointed towards the greater effectiveness of televised interviews.

Using video in a presentation: 7 steps to success

Max Atkinson

The second was reading an interesting post by Lily Latridis on the Fearless Delivery blog , entitled Video in a Presentation can be a Big Mistake. Over the last few days, I came across a couple of things that have prompted this post.

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A clear, engaging guide, not only for those speaking to the business world.

Pivotal Public Speaking

Through entertaining and insightful examples, Morgan illustrates a practical, three-part process—focusing on content development, rehearsal, and delivery—geared toward engaging an audience on every level: emotional, intellectual, and physical. Working the Room. by Nick Morgan.

On the death of Margaret Thatcher: notes on the evolution of charismatic woman

Max Atkinson

There are no records of any famous female orators in classical Greece or Rome, where the early texts on rhetoric assumed that the practitioners would all be male. turned out to be an amenable pupil to Millar''s methods, which included advice on delivery as well as script.

Jim Rohn - In the Speak & Deliver Hall of Fame

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skip to main | skip to sidebar Jim Rohn - In the Speak & Deliver Hall of Fame Posted by Rich Hopkins, Speaker, Author, Coach on Sunday, December 6, 2009 Labels: Delivery , Earl Shoaff , Humor , Jim Rohn September 17, 1930 - December 5, 2009 I remember the first time I heard Jim Rohn speak.

President Obama's speech at Westminster awarded a B-

Max Atkinson

Taking rhetoric, content and delivery into account, I'd have given the original great communicator a straight A and a B- for his sucessor. Sometimes this tremendous orator doesn't pull it off.

What should a leader say in times of tragedy?

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  The President’s comments demonstrate both the opportunities and the pitfalls of this sort of leadership speech, and bear comparison to President Reagan’s much-quoted speech on the Challenger disaster of January 28, 1986 ( [link] ) , not to mention Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and Pericles’ funeral oration on the death of Greek soldiers during the first year of the Peloponnesian War.

Gordon Brown's model example of how to express condolences

Max Atkinson

In earlier posts, I have commented on the importance of funeral orations and have also sometimes been critical of Gordon Brown's speech-making. For students of speech delivery, listening to a speech while reading the script can be a useful and revealing exercise, especially in learning how pauses can be used to express emotion, and you can check the transcript against Mr Brown's delivery here.

Fidel Castro's oratory

Max Atkinson

What fascinated me then - and still does - is the fact that we don't have to be able to understand Spanish or German to be able to see and hear that speakers like Castro and Hitler were highly effective orators.

Obama's rhetoric renews UK media interest in the 'lost art' of oratory

Max Atkinson

Judging from the number of approaches from the media I've had since the election of Barack Obama, his outstanding speaking ability seems to have made some in our media wake up to the fact that, with the notable exceptions of Tony Blair and David Cameron, there's been a shortage of good orators in recent British politics. Otherwise, he would presumably not have turned to people like me for advice on speech-writing and delivery.

What do Liberal Democrats expect from the 'return' of Dr Death (aka David Owen)?

Max Atkinson

Rhetorical Denial Although David Owen was never a particularly brilliant orator, he was not only capable of using the occasional rhetorical technique, but also went in for what I've referred to elsewhere (see below) as 'rhetorical denial' (see below). Dour though his delivery in the above clip (from an Ask the Alliance Rally in 1987) may be, he does at least manage to end it with a three part list.

Michael Foot's memorable oratory

Max Atkinson

But, although Michael Foot had a reputation for being a very effective orator, it was almost impossible to find any comparable video clips of him using the same techniques, let alone receiving much in the way of applause.

Quintessential Public Speaking: The Commencement Address

DeFinis Communications

These orations celebrate achievement, foster hope in the face of adversity and offer the challenge to lead. This is also a group of idealists longing for direction and wisdom. . · Your delivery must be bigger physically and vocally than a simple conversation.

Michael Clarke's moving tribute to another cricketer's sudden death

Max Atkinson

I''d recommend anyone interested in funeral orations - or speech-making of any kind - to watch this splendid example by Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke (right) at the funeral of a colleague (who was hit on the head by a ball) Philip Hughes. Clarke in not a professional speaker (yet), but his mastery of rhetoric and delivery is pretty good.

Storytelling and Empathy take Center Stage at the Watermark Conference for Women

Duarte Blog

Whether intentionally or instinctively, Davis used the same tools as history’s most talented orators to keep the audience rapt. The line moves up and down between “what is” and “what could be,” and changes colors to signify contrast in emotion and delivery. A couple of weeks ago, I attended the Watermark Conference for Women in San Jose.

Michelle Obama 1, teleprompter 0

The Eloquent Woman

You had to wonder what kind of orators these two parents might be raising. Would-be speakers and those who train them have two weeks of great "practice" ahead, watching the two U.S. political conventions. The conventions aren't typical venues, by any means--more a public-speaking hothouse.

What should a leader say in times of tragedy? - Part 2

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  The President’s comments demonstrate both the opportunities and the pitfalls of this sort of leadership speech, and bear comparison to President Reagan’s much-quoted remarks on the Challenger disaster of January 28, 1986 ([link] not to mention Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and Pericles’ funeral oration on the death of Greek soldiers during the first year of the Peloponnesian War.   His delivery is precise and cool; he seems to instinctively avoid the emotional.

Improve Your Presentation…One Bit at a Time

DeFinis Communications

The participants embraced our methodology and worked hard to develop their delivery skills and content. Used by orators since the time of Aristotle, rhetorical devices persuade, inspire, educate, entertain and delight audiences. I spent three days last week teaching our Technical Demo Presentation Skills program to a wonderful group of Application Engineers. They did a great job, but many revealed that they found it difficult to develop “Touch Points” within their presentations.

Delayed applause for Cameron's government - from the Conservatives!

Max Atkinson

The trend recurs in Cameron's speech Given that Mr Cameron is by far the most accomplished British political orator of his generation, I wasn't expecting to see it in yesterday's speech. Tories 'Bomb Middle England' - by Banksy Delayed applause, poor speech writing & delivery strike again in Osborne's speechDuring David Cameron's speech at the Conservative Party conference, quite a few mainstream journalists were tweeting on Twitter about how much applause he was getting.

Speaking Season - 12 of 107

Speak and Deliver

Control your attitude, you interactions, your dress, your delivery, your equipment, your stage environment, all to the best of your ability at the time.

Audiences have X-Ray Eyes & Ears

Speak and Deliver

The speech itself, from delivery technique to transitions to humor will often suffer as well. Many of the above delivery issues will be seen in beginning speakers.

Finding the Right Toastmasters Club

Speak and Deliver

A club with wide age, social, financial, and even racial demographics can help you craft a delivery style that appeals to a wider audience.

BLOG INDEX: Sept 2008-June 2009

Max Atkinson

The 250 posts landmark • Another body language & non-verbal communication cartoon? • 'Check against delivery'? The education of a female orator • Margaret Thatcher and the evolution of charismatic woman: Part II. ‘ This is a list of everything posted since the blog started in September 2008. It's updated at the end of each month, and you can access direct links to each post by clicking HERE or from the monthly lists on the left. JUNE 2009 ?